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Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/17/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (68-81) at Cincinnati Reds (65-84)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 1:10 pm (Great American Ball Park)

G Cole (11-10) (4.04) vs. Robert Stephenson (4-5) (5.45)

The Line: Cincinnati Reds -102 / Pittsburgh Pirates -108 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: ROOT-Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds end their MLB series at Great American Ball Park on Sunday.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are out of the postseason picture and are playing like a team with nothing to play for. The Pirates offense stalled again in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Great American Ball Park. A strong performance on the mound from Pitt starter Ivan Nova went for naught with two runs allowed on three hits and a free pass over 6.1 frames ending up in the loss column. Pittsburgh mustered six hits and walked once with Andrew McCutchen clubbing his 26th long ball and adding a single while Elias Diaz doubled and singled. The Pittsburgh Pirates end their road series with the Cincinnati Reds with Gerrit Cole on the hill. Cole comes off of a 5-2 loss at the Milwaukee Brewers with all five runs allowed on seven hits and a pair  of  walks while  striking  out ten in  six innings.

Cincinnati Reds vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/17/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Cincinnati Reds have really performed well whenever the Pittsburgh Pirates take the field. That trend continued Saturday afternoon with a low scoring, pitching dominated affair with Reds starter Sal Romano improving to 5-6 with five hits given up through eight shutout innings of work. The Cincinnati attack consisted of four hits and a pair of bases on balls with Jesse Winker cracking his 6th homer while Scooter Gennett drove in Zack Cozart who doubled. The Cincinnati Reds hand the ball to rookie Jackson Stephens for his second career start when he faces the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Jackson defeated the Chicago Cubs 5-3 in his debut with three runs scoring on six hits including a pair of homers in five frames.

Pittsburgh are 1-8 in their last 9 overall and Pittsburgh are 1-8 in their last 9 games on grass while Pittsburgh are 7-21 in their last 28 road games. The under is 9-3-1 in Cincinnati last 13 overall and the under is 9-3-1 in Cincinnati last 13 on grass while Cincinnati are 24-51 in their last 75 Sunday games. Pittsburgh are 1-10 in Cole’s last 11 starts versus Cincinnati. 

The odds seemed stacked against the Pirates whenever Cincinnati is the opponent but this team has to show us something besides a run or two and a loss…

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